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The Board of Scientific Advisers and the Board of Managers of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund has decided to cancel the April 17-19, 2020 Fellows Symposium. We will not reschedule this year’s Symposium. We know this is as disappointing news. In view of the increasing issues with COVID-19, many universities and scientific foundations are now recommending only essential business travel. Our Fellow’s health is paramount importance to the Foundation. While the symposium is a delight, we cannot justify the risk that any JCC Fellow faces possible exposure due to traveling for or attending the JCC Symposium weekend

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Edward Chuong

Edward Chuong

Department of Human Genetics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

My current research is focused on the biology and evolution of transposons, which are DNA parasites that constitute over half of the human genome. Specifically,  I am investigating the long-standing hypothesis that transposon activity is a major mechanism underlying the evolution of gene regulatory networks.

I became interested in evolutionary biology as an undergraduate at UC San Diego, where I worked with Hopi Hoekstra studying the volatile history of rodent placental proteins. I continued studying placental evolution as a graduate student at Stanford University with Julie Baker, where we found that transposons may contribute to pregnancy-related adaptations by functioning as species-specific regulatory elements.  Inspired by the potential for transposons to drive rapid evolutionary change, I decided to do my postdoc in the laboratories of Cedric Feschotte and Nels Elde at the University of Utah, where I am studying the role of transposons in shaping the evolution of human innate immune responses. Outside the lab, I enjoy the vast outdoor recreational activities in Utah, including hiking, skiing, and canyoneering.

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